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Commentary from Industry Pros
Did you know that 8.5% of U.S. residents live in large multifamily buildings with 20 or more units? Despite the large number of U.S. households in multifamily buildings, energy efficiency is often overlooked in this sector.
Utility companies, like many others, face challenges when it comes to digital billing. Utilities have had tremendous success in processing electronic payments from consumers and in some cases, electronic payments average more than 70% of all payments made to utilities.
Despite opposition to nuclear power generation across much of Western Europe and also across the United States, other nations that include China, India, South Africa, Japan and several Middle Eastern nations are actively planning for future nuclear power generation.
Many of us have looked longingly and probably with a hint of envy, at the annual lists of the most livable cities in America and the world. Places like Austin, TX, Charlotte, NC, Vienna, Zurich, Vancouver and Munich regularly make the cut.
There are lots of best practices out there for anyone trying to reach out to an audience using a webcasts platform. However, engaging with the utility industry via webcasts for over a decade has taught me a few lessons of my own.
Data centers consume large amounts of energy to operate the computer systems, networks and software upon which enterprises depend. And this energy consumption continues to rise as the digital world grows exponentially. Within the data center, energy typically represents 60 to 70 percent of the total operational costs.
With the stroke of a pen, SB 573 will become law and effectively ban variable rate electricity contracts for Connecticut consumers. Legislators supporting the bill characterized variable rate plans as being deceptive and predatory with the only remedy being their total prohibition.
National Grid formally launched its Smart Energy Solutions program in January 2015 in compliance with the Massachusetts Green Communities Act of 2008, which required utilities to propose and gain approval for a smart grid pilot.
As utilities engage in substation inspections, asset management, meter replacements, regulatory requirements, increases in sensor data, and normal day-to-day field operations, there becomes a driving need to mobilize the field workforce, orchestrate volumes data, utilize data analytics and ultimately improve business efficiency.
Beyond selfies, check-ins and photos of Sunday brunch, social media has evolved to be a helpful and useful marketing platform, which utilities can employ to encourage and promote e-bill adoption.